What vision correction option is right for you?
Seventy-five percent of adults in the United States use some form of vision correction. With so many tools available, there’s no need to let poor vision go unchecked. Vision correction options include contact lenses, glasses, refractive and laser surgeries. How do you choose the right one for you? If you need help getting your sight back into tip-top shape, start with this guide.
Vision correction options
There are plenty of choices when it comes to vision correction. Check out some of the most common options:
Glasses — The most traditional way to correct poor eyesight, glasses are an effective and fashionable means to see better. When buying glasses, both frames and prescription lenses must be purchased—unless you’re replacing older lenses with newer ones in a sturdy frame. Glasses can come in many shapes and forms, and the lenses can help with several vision problems.
Contact lenses — When people think of contacts, they usually think of the soft lens that slips over the eye. However, that is just one type of contact. There are also hard lenses, known as rigid gas-permeable lenses. Both options help with vision correction, and just like glasses, there’s a variety of contacts to choose from.
Refractive and laser surgery — Just like the name implies refractive surgery is for correcting refractive vision issues—although in a more permanent way than regular contacts or glasses. This means using lasers to reshape the cornea to allow for more light to enter the eye. When you hear people talk about LASIK surgery, this is what they’re referencing. There are different types of refractive surgeries, like LASIK (short for laser in-situ keratomileusis) and PRK (photorefractive keratectomy).
Surgical implants and replacements — There are additional types of surgery to fix vision issues. These involve changing parts of the eye or adding new components to correct vision problems. These surgeries include refractive lens exchange (RLE), presbyopic lens exchange (PRELEX), intracorneal ring segments (Intacs or ICR), Phakic intraocular lens implants, and astigmatic keratotomy (LRI).
How to choose the right vision correction for you
Before considering which vision correction option is best for you, consult your eye doctor to identify what problem or problems you may be experiencing. Your doctor can recommend which correcting device is ideal for your vision problems and, together, you can find the option you are most comfortable with. Here are some things to consider when picking the vision correction tool for you:
- Pros: Original vision correctors, easy to wear and clean, endless frame options to suit your style, easily customizable.
- Cons: Easily broken, can be pricey, only help front vision field (not periphery), can be uncomfortable when worn during long periods of time, users can experience fogging, scratching, and smudging.
- Pros: Can be worn during physical activities like sports, gives a natural field of vision, cannot not be detected on your face, affordable, can change the color of your eyes.
- Cons: Require high maintenance, need to be washed and stored correctly, requires a need to touch your eyeballs, improper usage can lead to eye problems.
Refractive and laser surgery
- Pros: Quick and safe vision correction option, no need to wear contacts or glasses after the procedure, significant improvements in vision.
- Cons: Not everyone is eligible for the procedure, risks from the surgery include dry eyes, patients may need the procedure again in the future.
Maintain good vision
Just as you visit the dentist to practice preventive oral health care, it’s equally important that you take regular trips to the eye doctor to ensure the health of your eyes.
If you’re looking for vision coverage, DeltaVision makes it easy to care for your vision. Find an eye doctor, and make an appointment. Our network has more than 88,000 providers at over 27,000 locations nationwide!
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*Updated October 2022